PLUS: 4 business class tickets—popular celebrity’s mandatory clause for ads
Vignettes’ September 17 date with Cristy Fermin had been set way in advance for the concert night of Ai Ai de las Alas and Lani Misalucha at the Kia Theatre (formerly New Frontier). The show was aptly dubbed Ai Meets Lani.
The pre-concert plan was to satisfy Cristy’s ravenous craving for two of Barrio Fiesta’s best sellers: the famous kare-kare in clay pot and the Pinoy version of the French bouillabaisse.
En route to its Edsa branch, we took the wrong lane because of the long queue of the orange-colored barriers that bore no signage. Upset, Cristy suggested we find some other resto somewhere in Cubao near Kia.
But thanks to his eagle-eyed assistant Japs Gersin who spotted a Barrio Fiesta branch at Ali Mall, Cristy’s wish still came through, and we went for huge servings of her favorites.
After dinner, her driver Kuya Allan dropped us off in front of Kia Theater where we had to inch our way through the lobby entrance where droves of people converged like pilgrims.
The show was at 8 pm. From where we were seated in Row 9, the theatre seemed almost full, and the concert began 30 minutes later.
As a standard opening, Ai Ai and Lani sang and danced to an upbeat ‘80s medley. As expected, Ai Ai’s comedic spiels and stunts—and yes, even her sexy, provocative costumes—throughout the show stirred an uproarious applause in the audience. Moreover, her exact mimicry of Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Beyonce complete with stage props was impeccable.
But what brought the house down was when Lani mesmerized in her Broadway medley of “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina,” “Memory” and “All I Ask Of You” only to be disrupted by Ai Ai—in red gown and a tiara—dishing out “May Tatlong Bibe” the operatic way!
Comparing the concert to Barrio Fiesta’s specialties we had earlier fattened up ourselves with, Ai Ai and Lani were an indulgence for the soul. This early, Filipinos based in the US had better block off their calendar as a repeat is already on schedule.
Hopefully though, DSL Productions and Events might consider leaving the concert’s sole surprise guest Alden Richards behind. Obviously cast to titillate the young audience, Alden’s presence hardly made hell break loose.
With his oft-repeated, oft-heard rendition of “God Gave Me You,” Alden caused the momentum to plummet. Neither a singer nor a comedian but no doubt a damn good serious actor, Alden is not a concert attraction, period.
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Guess who? Did you know that this popular celebrity (PC)—before she agrees to do a TV commercial—has a “mandatory” clause in her contract that entitles her to a trip for four on business class to a foreign country of her choice?
She shoulders her maids’ airfare, of course, but they occupy the economy seats.
Also proof that the PC is such an organized, if not a meticulous traveler is that she has this habit of having her itinerary—hold your breath—reproduced and laminated from Day One until the date of her departure from her destination.
What’s more, at the bottom of this travel guide is a self-made footnote that says that she holds responsible for the extra expenses she may incur in the course of her trip, and no longer the company, which gets her to endorse its product.